Sunday night marked Andrew Lincoln’s final episode of AMC juggernaut “The Walking Dead.”
Lincoln, 45, was the center of the hit series since its inception in 2010, starring as the sheriff-turned-survivor Rick Grimes — and his time is finally up.
The penultimate episode left Rick impaled on on steel rod with a horde of staggering zombies bearing down on him. He cheated death once again, only to spend his final hour “finding his family” in a surreal fever dream of visits with long-lost cast members Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal), Hershel Greene (the late Scott Wilson) and Sasha Williams (Sonequa Martin-Green)
One by one, they urge him to “wake up.”
In the end, he’s not reunited with his lost wife Lori or son Carl. It’s his chosen family members—Daryl, Maggie, and his love, Michonne—who attempt to come to his rescue. “I found them,” Rick says, as he fires a bullet into dynamite on the bridge, blowing the zombie herd to smithereens—and presumably sacrificing himself.